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== What is Competency-based education?==
== What is Competency-based education?==
Competency-based learning (also known as Skill-based learning) refers to systems of assessment and grading where students demonstrate their understanding, proficiency, or 'competency' in certain subject-related skills. CBE (Competency-based education) in Moodle is a framework for evaluating students against competencies in Moodle.  
Competency-based leducation or earning (also known as Skill-based learning) refers to systems of assessment and grading where students demonstrate their understanding, proficiency, or 'competency' in certain subject-related skills. CBE (Competency-based education) in Moodle is a framework for evaluating students against competencies in Moodle.
==Enabling competencies==
==Enabling competencies==

Revision as of 10:52, 14 May 2016

What is Competency-based education?

Competency-based leducation or earning (also known as Skill-based learning) refers to systems of assessment and grading where students demonstrate their understanding, proficiency, or 'competency' in certain subject-related skills. CBE (Competency-based education) in Moodle is a framework for evaluating students against competencies in Moodle.

Enabling competencies

Competencies may be enabled by an administrator in Site administration > Competencies.

Setting up a competency framework

Site administrators and users with the capability to manage competency frameworks (tool/lp:competencymanage) at site or category level can create a competency framework and define associated competencies.

  • Go to Site administration > Competency frameworks . Any existing frameworks are displayed here, and you click the button to create a new one:
Click the button to add a new framework
  • The ID number should be very specific, especially if it is likely that you will have multiple versions of a competency framework on the site at the same time (e.g. when revising the framework each year).
  • The Scale is the default scale used when rating a competency. An individual competency in a framework can have a different scale to the framework.
  • Clicking Configure scales displays extra information about the scale for ratings. There should be a default value, which is assigned when the competency is completed by an automated rule - and the list of values that are deemed "proficient" need to be listed so that the student can see at a glance, which competencies have been achieved and which have not.
  • From the Taxonomies drop downs, you can define the words used to describe competencies in the framework, depending on their depth in the tree.

Once you have created a competency framework, it will appear in the list of frameworks and you can add competencies to it.

Note - It can take a long time to add a framework manually. If your framework is defined in a machine readable format, there may be a plugin in the Moodle plugins database that can import it for you.

Adding competencies to a framework

To add competencies to a framework, click on the framework name to go to the page where you can manage the competencies for this framework.

Managing competencies for the Mathematics framework

This page lets you build the tree of competencies that defines your competency framework. To start adding competencies, first click on a node in the tree (the topmost node in the tree will be the framework itself), then click on the "Add competency" button. (If you have changed the name in Taxonomies, the button will be named differently, such as "Add skill".)

  • The ID number - this is required and must be unique within this competency framework. It is used to map competencies in backup and restore, as well as when migrating to a newer version of a competency framework.
  • The Scale and items in "Configure scales" will default to the scale configured for the competency framework, but can be changed for an individual competency if required.
  • Clicking Edit next to a competency once it has been created and selected displays other options, for example marking it as "related" to other competencies or creating an automatic completion rule. An automatic completion rule allows one competency to be completed automatically when all sub-competencies are complete.
More options with selected competencies

Setting a competency rule

  • A competency may be marked complete when other competencies are complete or have a certain number of points.
  • To do this, click Edit next to the competency and choose Competency rule
  • Click in the box next to Outcome (1 below) and choose "Mark as complete" (2 below.)
Click the arrow
'Mark as complete' reveals a 'When' field
  • From the new 'When' field, you can choose 'All children are complete' or 'Points required are met. For 'Points required' you can then set the points and whether or not a competency is required:

Setting up a learning plan template

  • Once you have a framework, you can then create a learning plan template. A learning plan template defines a set of competencies which you can assign to a group of users. This is better than creating individual learning plans for many different students and means you only need update the template and the changes will appear for all students.
  • Go to Site administration > Learning plans. Any existing plans are displayed here, and you can click the button 'Add new learning template' to create a new one.

Adding competencies to a learning plan template

To add competencies to a template, click its name to go to the page where you can add, edit and remove competencies. It will also show which competencies are not assigned to any course.

Once you have added competencies to the template, you can assign it to individual students, or to an entire cohort of students.

Assigning learning plans

  • Learning plans may be assigned to students individually or in bulk to a (premade) cohort.
  • Once a template has been created, click the "Edit" icon.
  • To assign a learning plan to a cohort, click 'Add cohorts to sync'


  • Search for and add your chosen cohort(s)


  • A message will appear with the number of learning plans created.


  • To assign a learning plan to an individual student, click 'Create learning plan'


  • Then search for and select the student(s) you wish to make the learning plans for:


Viewing learning plans

Anyone can see their own learning plans from their profile page, accessed from the user menu:

Learning plans in profile

When a student clicks the link they see which plans have been applied to them:

Student view of assigned learning plans

When a student clicks the name of a learning plan, they see the associated competencies. They can see their progress towards completion and also click 'Edit' to request a review of any competency:

List of competencies and requesting a review
  • Some users (e.g. supervisors) with the tool/lp:planview capability in the user context will be able to see the learning plans of other users.
  • Users with the tool/lp:planviewowndraft capability for their own user context have the ability to create a draft learning plan for themselves. A draft learning plan is only visible to users with the tool/lp:planviewdraft capability - and can be sent for approval to create an active learning plan from the draft.
  • Users with tool/lp:planmanagedraft capability can approve a draft learning plan.

Evidence of prior learning

Anyone with the tool/lp:userevidencemanageown capability can provide a list of evidence of prior learning. This can be used to demonstrate proficiency for one or more competencies.

To upload evidence of prior learning, access your own learning plans page from your profile and click on the "Evidence of prior learning" link (1) On the next page, click on the "Add new evidence" button (2) and provide as much detail about the evidence as possible (including files and urls to verify the evidence). Once the evidence is listed, you can link it to one or more competencies from any of your learning plans. Then you can request that someone reviews your competency to decide if the evidence is sufficient and rate the competency.


Course competencies

  • A course teacher can list which of the competencies they will be teaching in their course from Course administration > Course competencies. A teacher can add or remove competencies from a course here, and see which competencies have been linked to which activities. Clicking on the competency name will take the teacher to a grading page for that competency.
  • A student can also see (but not change) the competencies linked to a course from Course administration > Course competencies and will also see their current rating for each competency.

Manually rating course competencies

A course teacher can rate the students against each of the course competencies from Course administration > Reports > Competency breakdown. Select a student from the menu (1) and then click on the desired competency (2):


The page for that student will display and you can then change their rating from the dropdown (3):


Activity competencies

Competencies can be linked to activities. This means you can make sure that you have activities or resources for every competency in the course, by looking at the course competencies page and finding un-mapped competencies.

It is possible to map more than one competency to an activity, by selecting more than once from the competency drop down when setting up the activity.

It is possible to use activity completion to automatically complete - or add evidence to course competencies.

To add a competency to an activity

  1. Edit the settings for the activity
  2. In the competencies section, select one or more competencies from the list of course competencies
  3. If desired, set what to do upon activity completion - attach evidence, send for review or complete the competency
Adding competencies to an activity

The activity will then be shown under the competency on the course competencies page

Course competency with linked activity

Example of Activity completion with Activity competencies

A student must demonstrate a skill four times before they achieve a competency:

  • Create four activities (such as four assignments) with activity completion set to receiving a grade.
  • Set a pass grade from the assignment setting screen.
  • For assignments 2, 3 and 4, restrict access until the previous assignments have been completed.
  • In the assignment settings for the final assignment, expand 'Course competencies', select the required competency and set 'Upon activity completion' to 'Complete the competency'.
  • The student submits work as normal. The teacher grades work as normal. If all four assignments obtain a pass grade, the competency is automatically achieved.
Student view of competency achieved.

Course/Template/Plan Statistics

Statistics are built into the various pages. These screenshots should probably be incorporated into the other help sections describing the pages they are shown on.

Student - view competencies in a course:

Course competency progress for a student

Student - view their own learning plan:

Learning plans progress for a student

Teacher - view competencies in a course:

Course competency statistics for a teacher

Manager - view progress for all plans in a template:

Learning Plan Template statistics for a manager